Before practice on Friday, Jeff Gordon said a recent MRI has brought him closer to an accurate diagnosis and treatment of the chronic back pain that has plagued him this season.

"There's a little bit of arthritis, which is not totally unnatural, but there's also some other things that come up from what they can understand (to be) trauma from a crash, or maybe just years of beating it up," Gordon said. "I've got some experts that are giving me all the best scenarios, and when I know more, I'll let you guys know."

In the interim, Gordon will drive with pain at Richmond.

"This will be a tough weekend because of the G-forces and the braking that you use here and the long runs that you have here," he said. "It will be tough on my back. We'll just have to fight through it."

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News

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